With American Thanksgiving passing, and soon all the Christmas treats rolling into an office staff room near you; a lot of us can have the anxiety of being pulled into an endless binge of mashed potatoes, gravy, and all the little treats here there and in between.
That being said, it isn’t a bad thing to sit back and take a bit of a break from your day to day diet, macro counting routines. With consistency we also need a good healthy dose of doing whatever the fuck we want. This does indeed help us stay sane – no?
With all the food, and booze you can handle. The inevitable date of January 1st 2017 will hit us like a brick wall. What does this mean? New Year’s resolutions.
Now maybe your resolution is to quit smoking, or perhaps to hit the treadmill on the daily.
No matter what you choose – starting is always the first and most important step.
I know a lot of people who are annoyed as soon as January rolls around, mostly due to the New Year’s resolutioners filling up more space at the gym. Using machines and not knowing how to work them properly.
Everyone needs to start somewhere, and I remember the first time walking into a gym and not having a clue what to do or how to do it, and guaranteed this is exactly how YOU felt the first time walking into a gym; I bet you felt just as awkward and out of place.
Advice to support resolutioners:
Let your ego go, and help them out.
Sharing that little bit of space, or helping someone you can see is struggling doesn’t take much effort. You could very well be the reason that person decides to stick to their goals and try to achieve them. Making those new comers more comfortable in that type of environment is nothing but a way proving your decency as a human being.
Acknowledgement, positive reinforcement and recognition.
Throwing a smile and asking how someone is doing or if they need a hand is a great way to help them with their confidence in and outside the gym. Like I said before, it doesn’t take a lot of effort to be a decent human being. If you acknowledge them for their hard work they’ve been putting in this could very well be the smallest gesture to keep them going.
Advice to the resolutioners:
Keep your focus on you, and your goals.
It will be hard at first, comparison can be a killer mentally. Just know that everyone has started from the bottom and worked their way up. Never be ashamed of who you are and what you’re there to achieve. Don’t compare your chapter 1 to someone’s chapter 30.
Hire a reputable, certified, trainer or coach.
Not everyone can afford this but it is always a good start to have someone keeping you accountable. Keep in mind results don’t come from your trainer, results come from your time and effort put in. Be cautious in hiring online coaches; speak to people who have worked directly with their programs before hopping into that commitment. You will not want a cookie-cutter diet program!
Do a bit of research.
Look into whether you would rather macro count, meal plan, clean eat. See what makes the best fit for you. I went through a lot of different types of nutrition until I found what suited me best. I can’t count the amount of times I’ve had to google what a certain exercise was or how to properly perform it. It was embarrassing not knowing what I was doing, but it is a part of the learning curve. I read article after article on different types of exercise, what would benefit me most to reach my specific goals and the healthiest ways to achieve them.
Track your progress.
Tracking your progress by photos and how you feel psychically will keep you determined and dedicated to getting to where you want to be. Please DO NOT USE A SCALE. These numbers are nothing but your relationship with gravity. They do not measure how you feel and or look. Throw that out the window and stay focused on the important factors.
oh and of course..
Don’t be afraid to take a break (diet and exercise).
I’ll say this time and time again, rest and recovery is a very important part of properly losing any sort of weight or gaining any sort of muscle. Eat a donut if you want it, keep your mental health in check and don’t deprive yourself of things you like.
Tis the season!